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Old 11-28-2015, 10:36 AM   #155
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Mel,

Kinda nit picking at this point in a major project, but is that a test air filter or the soon to be real air filter? Looks like an oiled cotton type. Some folks love 'em lots run as fast and as far away as possible from 'em.
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Old 11-28-2015, 06:55 PM   #156
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Mel,

Kinda nit picking at this point in a major project, but is that a test air filter or the soon to be real air filter? Looks like an oiled cotton type. Some folks love 'em lots run as fast and as far away as possible from 'em.
This is the filter I well use. Used it with the 454. It's a K&N. I just have if hanging right now. I've heard the stories. If you use them, you're going to die..... I do plan to get a sock for it, or just steal the wife's pantty hose and pull them over the filter w/o runs that is. Haven't got to welding a bracket on it to mount it. Still seeing how everything is going to fit. Couple three (dozen) problems: access to the oil dip stick, the oil fill spout, the radiator fan shroud....

I did get my mess cleaned up and the clips in the transmission tube so they don't fall out..... Again! Got to start over with another 3 gallon of fluid though. Hope I didn't do any damage. Don't want a $3000 transmission overhaul right now.

Too cold and wet (ice hanging everywhere)out to open all the doors and drop the gas tank drain plug. But going to have to do it soon. Want to get it to the muffler shop next week and get an exhaust system on it. Can't do that with the fuel lines in a bucket of diesel sitting under the chassis.
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Old 11-28-2015, 08:40 PM   #157
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Mmmm... did you say panty hose....

Ok, great work Mel, you are making great progress!
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Old 11-29-2015, 02:33 PM   #158
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There's nothing wrong with using the K&N filters. All the problems arise from either knockoff brands or improper oiling of the filters. Too much and too little will have issues. Just follow the oiling directions and use the correct oil and the filter will last a long time.
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Old 11-29-2015, 03:07 PM   #159
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There's nothing wrong with using the K&N filters. All the problems arise from either knockoff brands or improper oiling of the filters. Too much and too little will have issues. Just follow the oiling directions and use the correct oil and the filter will last a long time.
Add improper mounting of air intake box, found mine was mounted 90 degrees off and didn't stop or drain water allowing it to get to the engine. Improper over oiled it will mess up the sensors.
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The only simple check it yourself thing about any filter, especially one that sucks as much air as a turbocharged diesel does, at each clean and re-oil of using a gauze element is take a spotless white rag and make a wiping pass down the intake tube after the filter. White glove clean = sleeping dog. Any film, dirt, etc. on the white rag. Change that filter TYPE. If you want to go more scientific use engine oil analysis. Contaminants will tell the tale or not.
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Old 12-01-2015, 07:58 AM   #161
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Got my 7" fans out to install on the 7" top heat exchangers and the fans turn out to be 8". I had a short piece of little weight 1X1" aluminum angle that works as a shroud to keep the air flow where it should be.
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And as they look mounted on the transmission exchanger w/another exchanger heat exchanger just above it.
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Of course the radiator shroud is still not complete. Not sure how to solve this one.
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Then on the left side as I was pulling the fans on the intercooler heat exchanger I decided I should check steering control area clearance and it didn't. Had to move the fairing down about a 3/4"
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Filled the radiator and started work on finding RPM. Output off the alternator was zero at idle and over the top with a little throttle. The wires off the crack pickup looked like they had been eat off by rats w/no color difference. I had spliced 3 wires (+5V, ground, +12V) onto it in case I may need to use it and I had bought a 12-5V power supply. Well I needed if and the dang think must be bad.
SO! It's time to reverse course and take the radiator back out to replace the pickup. The dang thing cost over $100. About to head to the local Dodge dealer and drop some buck. With it having a plug and having a 1996 manual it will be a breeze to wire.
Another BIG THANK YOU Gary for the greatest gift ever: One 1996 Dodge truck manual.
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Mel,

Is it the speed/crank sensor?

Here's a possible from Geno's Garage Sensors (Electrical) - Second Generation ('94 - '02) - SENSOR - SPEED/CRANK POSITION - CUMMINS ('89 -'97, 5.9L)

I'm glad the FSM has a new home and you're right the wiring sections is invaluable.

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Old 12-02-2015, 08:01 AM   #163
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Is it the speed/crank sensor?

Here's a possible from Geno's Garage Sensors (Electrical) - Second Generation ('94 - '02) - SENSOR - SPEED/CRANK POSITION - CUMMINS ('89 -'97, 5.9L)

I'm glad the FSM has a new home and you're right the wiring sections is invaluable.

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Looks like it. Ordered one yesterday morning. Hopefully get in tomorrow.

Drained the radiator and got it out so I can get to it. Wish I could figure a way to make the radiator easy in/out. On a hinge? Fold out? Maybe on a slide?

Today's the day I pull the drain out of the gas tank and take my gas shower/bath. Start filling w/diesel.

Don't look like I'll make it to the muffler this week as planned.
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Old 12-02-2015, 10:18 AM   #164
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Good progress there Mel, getting close now,
Thanks for the detailed reality check on engine type changes.
Really calls for skills, determination and more cash that you'd think.

Looking forward to your shake down report.
Hang in there, the test run is a boost for sure.
Even if a bit messy.

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Well, I have the radiator out, so put in the frame and work on the fan shroud some. Taking pieces off the Chevy shroud and screwing on the Dodge shroud. Manage to drill a hole into my finger too. That hurt .
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Laid fiberglass cloth on the cracks and coated with PVC cement. It don't stick very good but hopefully it'll stay.
Got the radiator back in with the new crank speed pickup on. Wired my 12 to 5V power supply up to it and hooked the tach up and NOTHING!!!! About $150 down the toilet.
So I get a big drain pan and pull the drain on the gas tank...... Nothing! Last time I caught about 6 gallon and got soaked with gas and it ran out the shop. I ran for the water hose and did the chemical emergency wash!! I still have the front on jack stands, so I drop the front down, still no gas. This means I got the in tank pump pickup at the right depth.
It's time to pull the fuel line out of the 2 1/2 gallon can the pour it in the tank. Took a punch and hammer to make the 'unleaded only' restrictor a thing of the past.
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Now I have the fuel lines hooked to the tank.
I installed a spin on gas filter on the frame, so, I'm thinking I'll get a diesel filter w/drain to replace it... Not! That'll be a problem for later. I dump the gas out and reinstall the one I got.
Ever time I call the TCI people, the only guy who knows anything about the old (5 years old) transmission controller I had "Is out for the rest of the week". So Monday I'll try to get on the horn to him.
Now that she's back down on all 8 wheels the front fairing is 9" off the ground. No bush wacking with this baby!
I ran a wire back up the the 'R' on the back of the alternator. With tach out of dash, I'll try to get it to read as I adjust the screw on the back.
BOY!!! The care Airstream took in wiring the dash..... What a mess!!!!
I hope to have the A/C back on and the the grille on tomorrow. Then I'll bring the laptop down and see if my vista computer will see the TCI so I can program it!
May just take it for a spin, of course no exhaust at all on it, just the turbine down tube.
It's Friday night in the big town... Time for a (another) beer
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Today was a short day. Have bicycle build for the Salvation Army Christmas Connection and a mission meeting.
The 'R' from the alternator don't work. Called "Summint Racing and ordered and Stewart Warner 82620 tach that I hope will work.
Was running the motor and pouring transmission fluid in.... and it died! Just like that! I crank it and it don't hit a lick. Only thing that can be wrong..... no fuel. I open one of the injector nut... No fuel! I go take the cap off the tank and I can't hear the fuel pump.... The new in tank pump quit! I get my new cheap VOM out and find no voltage on the wire I thought was ignition. Rewire, turn on ignition with two injectors loose and I have diesel everywhere before I can get them tighten again. Hooked up my fuel pressure gauge and have 20 psi.
Power steering works as will as brakes! All go signs!
I weld some brackets on the 6-4" exhaust adapter and mount it on the top of the radiator frame.
Go to put the A/C condenser on.... But, I need a new dryer and it's got mounting bolts on the bask of the condenser, so, no grill on this weekend.
Tried to program the TCI and the 'VISTA' don't see the device. I shows it as 'on line' but will not program. I need 'Windows 10'. RATS
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A bunch of us use these PH filters/primer pumps.

http://ph.parker.com/us/en/spin-on-filter-pump-systems

This and the cummins lift pump work very well together. Very popular in the marine diesel world. You can run it continuous duty if you have a lift pump failure.

I installed a fuel pressure gauge on the input to the high pressure pump. Very useful for indicating filter and feed issues to the P1700. To reprime, just push the button.
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A bunch of us use these PH filters/primer pumps.

Spin-On Filter Pump Systems | Parker NA

This and the cummins lift pump work very well together. Very popular in the marine diesel world. You can run it continuous duty if you have a lift pump failure.

I installed a fuel pressure gauge on the input to the high pressure pump. Very useful for indicating filter and feed issues to the P1700. To reprime, just push the button.
Now that I'm plumbed into the tank, I have a fuel pressure gauge and it's running a steady 20psi going into the lift pump from the in tank pump. Will deal with the filter on the frame at a later date. I'm sure I'll be able to find a filter w/drain to fit the housing.
Now I wait till Monday to get a A/C dryer, and Friday for the tach.
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